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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Humanities in Action Wednesdays

The Humanities in Action program is our homage to the fourteenth and fifteenth century philosophy of civic humanism. Renaissance civic humanists believed that the combination of education, ethics, and active citizenship in citizens could lead to the creation of a better community. Humanities in Action events honor this tradition by exploring contemporary and potentially controversial topics in a welcoming environment. These compelling lectures, offered in collaboration with the General Alumni Association, have been featured on CSPAN (click here to access the videos) and offer participants a chance to explore and grapple with real-world issues.

This semester Humanities in Action presents, “Challenges of the Twenty-First Century: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Military,” five lectures on current events in U.S. national security and foreign affairs with a special emphasis on the role of the military and coercive action.

All talks run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 MLK Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill. There are no preparatory readings for Humanities in Action events. However, if you’re interested in learning more about the issues covered by this semester’s theme, click here to see what the faculty recommend.

Program Tuition: Register ahead of time and pay $18.00 per program or pay only $8 if you are a member of the UNC General Alumni Association (GAA). To check your membership status or to join the GAA, please visit or call 800.962.0742. GAA membership is open to all UNC alumni and friends. Tuition is $20.00 for everyone paying at the door. 

Advance registrants can take advantage of our special FLYLEAF SEASON PASS – register for all 9 events (4 Spotlight on Scholars lectures and 5 Humanities in Action lectures) for $110.00 ($55.00 for GAA members).

For information about our cancellation policy, discounts, parking, and more, please visit our General Information page.

Secure Online Registration available – click here for details.

Spring 2015 (for details, click the title)

The Utility and Limitations of Military Force
Patricia L. Sullivan, Associate Professor of Public Policy
March 18, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

What Threatens the Security of the United States?
Richard H. Kohn, Professor Emeritus of History and Peace, War, and Defense
March 25, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Can Economic Sanctions Work?
Navin A. Bapat, Associate Professor of Political Science
April 8, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Why We Lost: A General Looks at Afghanistan and Iraq
Lt. General Daniel P. Bolger, U.S. Army (ret.), Special Faculty, History, North Carolina State University
April 15, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

ISIS: Where Did It Come From? What Does it Believe?
David H. Schanzer, Associate Professor of the Practice, Duke Sanford School of Public Policy and Director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security
April 22, 2015
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Flyleaf Books: Location and Contact Info

752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd (Historic Airport Rd)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Next to The Root Cellar (Formerly Foster’s Market)
Monday – Saturday: 9-9
Sunday: 11-6
Phone# 919-942-7373


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